Who we are

And we do it, always, from the illusion, perseverance and collaboration.

Tomillo’s History

The Tomillo Foundation was founded in 1984 by two friends: Javier Lantero and Manuel Fierros. Both were entrepreneurs eager to contribute to the improvement of society and to promote youth employment in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the south of Madrid. They named their project Tomillo (thyme) because of the qualities of this plant: hardy, simple, healing.

Initially, they set up workshops and small businesses in carpentry, gardening, messenger services, cleaning and sewing, and later developed more complete training programs in response to existing needs for specialization. This entrepreneurial impulse attracted collaborations with public entities, companies, volunteers, and most importantly, exceptional people, with such a strong social vocation, that led to the multiplication and diversification of Tomillo’s activities.

Tomillo has evolved up to the present time, but always maintaining its essence: “We believe in the potential of the person and its transforming power”.

Organization

To carry out our activities we have a dynamic and innovative team of 200 people, including teachers, pedagogues, psychologists, technicians, etc. who develop the various programs aimed at children, adolescents and families, as well as training and socio-labor orientation.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and a Management Team and is supported by a newly constituted Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council is a body of proven experience whose members voluntarily advise the Board of Trustees and the Management Team, sharing opinions and criteria, to strengthen the Foundation in strategic, socio-educational and patrimonial aspects and on any relevant issue that involves improving the social impact of the entity.

Founders

Javier Lantero
Manuel Fierros

Board of Trustees

Javier Lantero
Honorary President and Founder

Degree in Economics and Business Administration. She has worked 23 years in the private sector as a business consultant. Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Foundations and independent director in the telecommunications sector.

Carmen García de Andrés
President

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Work experience abroad. MBA from the Instituto de Empresa. Director of the School of Musicianship: www.escuelamusicalidad.com

Pedro Lantero
Vice President

Bachelor’s Degree in Law. Senior Accounting-Tax and Personnel Administration Technician from the Centro de Estudios Financieros. With a long trajectory and experience within the Foundation.

José A. Muñoz
Secretary
Silverio Agea Rodríguez

Bachelor’s degree in Statistics. General Director of the Spanish Association of Foundations.

César Cort Lantero

Economist (MBA, Rochester). Manager of Crisbel Ibérica S.L. and director of several companies.

Valentín Fernández Vidal

Telecommunications Engineer specialized in home automation and sustainability. Professor of the UAM and of masters on the Digital Home. Co-founder and director of Navarrosa CyF, a company dedicated to the development, dissemination and implementation of digital services and technologies of the Information Society.

José Fierros Sánchez Cuenca

Degree in Economics and MBA from IESE. Managing Director of Bank of America Merryll Lynch International Ltd, Suc. in Spain.

Guillermo Gil Escudero

D. in Psychology. Degree in Philosophy and Educational Sciences. Responsible for the PISA project for Educational Centers in Spain, in cooperation with the MECD and the OECD. Experience as Head of Service of the National Institute of Educational Evaluation of the MECD.

Carmen Goytre Castro

Degree in Economics and Business Administration and Master in Research from ICADE. MBA from MIT Sloan School. Professor of postgraduate programs at IE Business School and ICADE. More than 20 years of experience in the financial sector in Marketing, Project Management and Customer Experience positions. Founding partner of Rivergo Advisors, a company specialized in innovation and project management.

Pelayo Lantero Miranda

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He has held various positions over 15 years in different investment banks (Santander Investment, Lehman Brothers).

Teresa Mogín Barquín

Degree in Economics. Experience as an advisory member of AECID and General Technical and Resources Director of ICO.

Rafael Ruiz Hernández

Degree in Business Administration and Law. MBA from MIT Sloan. Experience in investment banking and finance.

José Luis Pérez Larios

Bachelor of Science. Business. After six years at the multinational Procter & Gamble, she has held management positions in social organizations for more than twenty years: Cáritas Española, Fundación Entreculturas and Asociación Norte Joven. Experience as a trustee and member of Boards of Directors of associations: Founding partner of Soul 21, a social consulting firm that works for the strengthening of social organizations and the development of social responsibility and environmental sustainability strategies in companies.

Blanca Gómez González

Bachelor of Science in Education and MBA. Director of Employability at Advantere School of Management (Comillas, Deusto & Georgetown). Formerly Human Resources Director at Microsoft, Coca-Cola and L’Oréal. She is also a trustee of Fundación Exit and Fundación Somos F5.

Maria Calvo

Director of Workspaces at Impact Hub Madrid, the network of coworking spaces for companies and entrepreneurs seeking to generate impact from their business activity. Previously, she was Director of Corporate Responsibility and Talent Management at Grupo Vips. She has worked in the non-profit sector as Country Manager of Ashoka Spain and in the technology sector as Director of eBay Spain.

Miguel Costa

Degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and PhD in Neurosciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. University expert in violence and conflict resolution. With teaching experience in vocational training cycles and at the university level. He is currently Director of the Madrid Headquarters of the Foundation Empieza por Educar since 2011.

Javier Garilletti

Expert in Strategic Positioning, Corporate Reputation, Sustainability and CSR, in the corporate and foundational fields, with more than 25 years of experience. He is currently a consultant in Strategy, Sustainability and Positioning. He has been General Director of the EY Foundation, and of the PWC Foundation, as well as head of CSR and Sustainability consulting for both organizations. He is currently vice-president of the Spanish Association of Corporate Responsibility Executives (DIRSE) and has collaborated as an expert in the drafting of the new Good Governance Code for Listed Companies.

Antonio Gonzalez

Degree in Psychology. Ceo of Impact Hub Madrid since 2014, he is passionate about connecting people, ideas and systems to generate necessary Changes and has three decades of experience in innovative projects, managing changes in various business sectors with a special focus on communication and marketing and later in the non-profit field where he has been general coordinator of Doctors of the World Spain for 9 years. Asociación Española de Fundraising, Coordinadora de ONG de Desarrollo, Anesvad, AIPC-Pandora.

Luis Mª López-Aranguren

D. in Philosophy and Educational Sciences. For 26 years he was Director of Training and Employment at Fundación Tomillo. He worked for many years as a professor and was a member of the advisory board of several institutions.

David Martín Díaz

Expert in social innovation, education and child and youth participation. He has been director of Ashoka Spain and global co-leader of its “changemaker education” strategy, head of education at UNICEF and Amnesty International and founder of cibercorresponsales.org. Author of the book “Why we educate”. He received the Magisterio 2015 award, among others. He is an ICF Coach, has a degree in Information Sciences, a Master’s Degree in Educational TV and is a Psychopedagogue. He is currently the Director of Student Development at UCJC and of the Master’s in Entrepreneurship.

Tomás Pereda

He has a law degree from the Complutense University (1979) and more than 35 years of experience in human resources and general management positions in multinational and national companies. She has been working as a freelancer since 2018. He is currently a member of FUNDIPE; Talent Action Tank of Fundación Transforma España; Advisory Board of the International Institute of Human Capital.

Carmen Salcedo

D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology, since 1992 she has designed and developed educational and social projects focused on the inclusion of vulnerable groups, methodological innovation and cultural promotion. He has developed his experience in Spain and 13 Latin American countries through NGOs, business foundations and public administrations. She is currently Director of Research and Educational Projects at UpSocial.

Julia Sánchez Sánchez

Degree in Economics with more than 30 years of experience in multinational companies, having exercised different functions within the Financial Management, such as Controller, Planning and Analysis. He has participated in the creation and development of Financial Services Centers for different countries, as well as in international projects. He currently provides his services as an independent professional.
She has actively collaborated in the Corporate Social Responsibility area of Avon Cosmetics, S.A.U., supporting projects related to Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence.

Eduardo Tejero

Law graduate and practicing lawyer in Madrid, he has more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer and legal advisor with special dedication to commercial and private law, corporate governance and board secretarial work. He has developed his professional career at PwC for 28 years and has been a partner of the firm since 2006.
He is currently a partner in the Buigas law firm.

Management team

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field of education in vulnerable environments. He has done important work in the dissemination and training of social and educational entities in educational innovation and transformational leadership.

Ángel Serrano Almodóvar
Chief Executive Officer

Graduate in Economics and Business Administration, with postgraduate degrees in Strategy and Social Innovation from ESADE, IESE and Harvard Kenedy School. Directive with more than 20 years of experience in the Social and Business Sectors and in the generation of alliances between both sectors.

Marisol Garcia
Assistant General Manager

Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the UAM, with a specialization in Finance and a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation for Development from the UNED. She started her professional career in London, working at the Spanish Consulate and in private organizations, before moving to Madrid, where she held management positions in the areas of finance, fundraising, organization and HR, both in private companies and in the Third Sector.

Eva Guillemot Ormazabal
Dir. of Organization and Management

Degree in psychology from UCM. His professional beginnings were in the field of disability, education and foster care. In 2003 she began working as a social and labor counselor with groups at risk.

Marta Martínez
Dir. of Socio-educational Programs

Degree in Political Science and Sociology. Research Degree in International Public Law and International Relations. Title of Equality Agent of the UAM. With extensive experience in consulting services, he has worked for public sector organizations at all levels of government, the private sector and the Third Sector.

Marta Castillo Charfolet
Dir. of Studies and Social Innovation

Support areas

Degree in Business Administration from UNED. Master “Leadership and Social Innovation in NGOs” ESADE Business School. From 2002 to 2011 Director of the Employment Program. At Fundación Tomillo since 1992.

Juan Villarejo
Project Unit

Microsoft Systems Engineer (MCSE), (MCSA) Security, (MCTS) Messaging- Virtualization, (MCP), (CCNA), Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI), Cisco Network Security Intructor. In Tomillo since 2002.

Espe Martinez
Computing

Degree in Social Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid; with more than 15 years of experience managing volunteer projects, job training, social entrepreneurship and guidance at local, national and European level.

Belén Gómez
Volunteering

Degree in Pedagogy and Psychopedagogy from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. More than 25 years of experience in the Social Sector. Training in Leadership and Social Innovation in NGOs (Esade), Digital Transformation (Digital Social Innovation Executive Program – DESIX), Self-leadership and Teamwork (Go4aVision), Human Resources (Inst. Formación Empresarial – Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Madrid) Systemic Pedagogy (Univ. Emilio Cárdenas).

Raquel Martin
Institutional Relations

Degree in Journalism and Diploma in Social Work with more than 15 years of experience in corporate and institutional communication. In the field of social communication, she has developed her career mainly with vulnerable groups. In 2021 he directed the Communication Campaign for the Goya Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Elsa Moya
Communication